Embarking on a cruise has long been a popular choice for people wanting to sail the seas in luxury, and with good reason, entertaining shows and endless buffets can be quite appealing. What about those people who are looking for a path a little less travelled, though? Here are some unusual cruise destinations to think about when you’re planning your next vacation so keep on the lookout, great cruise deals have never been as easy to find.
Nestled in the Beagle Strait, here lies the southernmost city in the world. Once a penal colony and navy base for the Argentine army, it has now slowly transformed into a tourist town. A trip here is for the more active minded, with hiking spots galore. You can hike a glacier, or even hike to the famous Patagonia Mountains. If you prefer a less strenuous sightseeing experience then you can rent a catamaran to take you around the beagle strait, where sea lions and penguins are begging to be photographed.
A sobering look at the horrors of the destructive powers of war, this place is a testament to human strength. The various memorials around the city, such as the Peace Memorial museum and the children’s memorial, are a reminder in the frailty of human life and an insight into nuclear power. A stop here is not all doom and gloom though – the city has become a thriving metropolis with 1.2 million people, and is a far lovelier introduction to Japan than the massive Tokyo. Streets are lined with noodle shops and boutiques, and the city seems to made for exploring. Another big draw is Itsukushima Island, or shrine island. Regarded as the isle of the gods, this island houses two of the most photographed shrines in the country. You have to be careful when you’re there though, you might trip over one of the hundreds of wild deer that wander throughout.
Charleston, South Carolina
Few cities represent the old south in America better than Charleston. With colonial architecture, ornate old gardens, and a colourful history, it’s no wonder of Charleston’s popularity within the States. The old south mentality is still in this town, people walk slow and say hello to everybody; nobody’s a stranger in Charleston. You can have a bowl of shrimp and grits, maybe a chicken biscuit, or a wide array of other ‘low country cooking. If you prefer a more adrenalin inducing vacation then try a ghost tour, where you’ll learn about a more ghoulish part of Charleston’s history.